In a remarkable move at the close of a Sudan’s national referendum on secession, Salva Kiir, the political leader of Southern Sudan, called on his people – from inside a Catholic Church no less – to forgive the national government of Sudan for its decades of violence again Southerners. “May we, like Jesus Christ on the cross, forgive those who have forcefully caused their deaths,” Kiir reportedly said.
David Berrian with the international Nonviolent Peaceforce put together a great slide show celebrating the elections in Sudan.
The oil-producing south, now called South Sudan, seceded after 99 percent of the people voted for independence in hopes of ending the bitter cycle of civil war, as well as the horrendous genocide in Darfur. Read more about Sudan’s election here.
Jeremy Seifert, a member of Pasadena Mennonite church in southern California (whose pastor is Sojourners co-founder Joe Roos) has produced an award-winning film titled Dive! Yep. It’s on dumpster-diving.
One could preach volumes on charity and justice using this film. Even the trailer raises excellent questions about the ancient biblical practice of gleaning. The custom of allowing the poor to follow the reapers in the field and glean the extras as illustrated in Ruth 2:2-23. This custom dates back to one of the earliet agricultural laws of the Hebrews (Lev 19:9; 23:22; Dt 24:19-21). Breaking this law was a punishable offense. However, was a practice of generosity or of justice or both?